Talk: Biodynamic farming with Tom Griffin

Posted:  Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 8:45am

CAMDEN — Tom Griffin will speak about using biodynamic farming methods at Hope's Edge Farm during a presentation at Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at noon.

Biodynamic farming has its roots in the teachings of Austrian philosopher and scientist, Rudolph Steiner. Born out of a series of nine lectures to agriculturalists in 1924, biodynamic farming methods are closely tied to Steiner's personal philosophy of Anthroposophy. Griffin will elaborate on these principles, and discuss how biodynamic methods view the farm as an individual organism, recognize the influence of cosmic rhythms such as moon cycles on plant and animal health and growth, and the use and purpose of biodynamic "preparations" in management at his farm in Hope.

Griffin has Bachelor of Science degree in soil science from California Polytechnic University at San Luis and a Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland at College Park. He has over 25 years of biodynamic farming experience, and this season marks his 15th year at Hope's Edge Farm. Hope's Edge is primarily a vegetable CSA with 85 to 100 members and is also home to a small flock of Friesian sheep.

This lecture is part of the Winter Talk series at Merryspring, sponsored by Allen Insurance & Financial. Admission to Tuesday talks is $5, with free admission for members of Merryspring.

Merryspring is your community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs year-round. The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza.

For more information on this program or any others, email or call 207-236-2239.

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Tue, 02/23/2016 - 12:00pm
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Merryspring Nature Center
30 Conway Road
Camden  Maine  04843
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